So if you’re going to attempt an incredibly tough or insane challenge, first make sure that the competition is still active or you might end up like this unfortunate chap from Hertfordshire.
The man in question here is a certain Christopher Poole, who found out about Nando’s offer of ‘free food for life’ to anyone who would have at least one meal at all of their 1,031 outlets worldwide. This chicken-crazy fella embarked on this mission and had eaten at 85 branches of the Portuguese fast food chain in the UK when it dawned at him that the offer had expired two years ago.
Recalling his misery, the man himself said: “I heard about this competition to eat at every Nandos branch and thought it sounded right up my street. I love chicken and eat in there a couple of nights a week anyway, so decided to embrace the challenge.
“I'd do anything to get my hands on a card giving me free chicken. I've dedicated a year to travelling around the UK, eating in as many of the 280 British restaurants as I can.
But don’t underestimate the power of social media. While the way he started the challenge – without confirming its validity – was wrong, he did one thing right. He posted the photos of his dining adventures on Facebook, got himself noticed by Nando’s management, who then announced that they would still honour their expired promo offer, if Poole can complete the remainder of the challenge.
“I'm thrilled that they have recognised my efforts, and I'm more determined than ever to complete the challenge,” was his reply when told of the good news.
So what’s next for this insane Per Peri Chicken fan? “Once I have done the UK, I am then going to move onto Australia where there are around 300. I am hoping to do as many as I can in just 40 days- I plan on eating Nando's for every meal.”
By the way, this 85-restaurant stint cost him £1,000 and he put on a stone in weight. Just imagine what kind of monetary and bodily damage the entire thing would cause him.